Conducting Interviews in Hermeneutic Research: An Example




In this paper, we discuss the conduct of an interview that was done as a demonstration of the character of interviews in hermeneutic research. This interview was conducted within the context of a graduate course on hermeneutics and involved one of the course professors and a volunteer doctoral student in the class. Although the interview did not occur within a research study, the content of the interview is genuine and not fabricated or acted. Offering the course in an online platform of Zoom allowed for the opportunity to record it and, as a result, we are able to discuss it as well as offer a link to the viewing of the actual interview.


Hermeneutic research, interviewing, Gadamerian philosophical hermeneutics,


Author Biographies

Dr. Nancy J Moules, University of Calgary

Dr. Nancy Moules is a Professor and Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She is founding editor of the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics and cofounder and current Chair of the Canadian Hermeneutic Institute 

Lisa M Taylor, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

Lisa Taylor, MPE, BEd, BKin, is a doctoral student and sessional instructor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her areas of expertise include physical and health education, as well as health promotion in schools.